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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  7,906 ratings  ·  710 reviews
Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.
Monster runs a pest control agency. He's overworked and has domestic troubles - like having the girlfriend from hell.
Judy works the night shift at the local Food Plus
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published May 11th 2009 by Orbit (first published April 22nd 2009)
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Randy Dethrow It was the first one I read. I picked it up at random at the library. Now he's one of my favorite authors. His books crack me up.

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Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Monster by A. Lee Martinez is two parts Christopher Moore, one part Ghostbusters, a heaping smidgen of Harry Potter, a sprinkle of Poul Anderson, a whisper of Piers Anthony and an ever so slight nod to China Mieville.

Pure escapism, but fun.

Back in the late eighties there was a TV commercial for a collection of old songs called Fun Rock. The ad declared there was “No meaning! No message! Just fun!” This was a fun book; and if given half an opportunity, I’ll probably read another offering from M
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.

An interesting book with a host of unusual characters. We follow the adventures of Judy, a clerk at a fast-food mart and Monster, a freelance monster hunter. I felt the characters come to life and were unique, but I didn't find them sympathetic--it was hard to care too much about them. Rather, I wanted to pop them both on the head and say, "wise up!" It says something when your most ethical and sympathetic character is a sidekick paper golem from another dimension. Howeve
Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
Ouch...oh...the pain. I bought this....

in hardback.

It was a couple of years ago, I'd just read Monster Hunter International, the synopsis sounded fun. So again I fell for the "buy it because the synopsis sounds good" weakness.

Look, some of you won't dislike this so much. I was tempted to go 2 stars because mostly I just find it mediocre and don't hate it, but I didn't finish it. I just felt I was wasting my time when I picked it back up. I wasn't enjoying it. My "sort of self-imposed rule" is th
Jun 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, monsters, magic, humor
I now want a paper gnome sidekick after reading this story where mythological beasts are real, and there are cryptobiological agents to deal with them. (Think animal control for yetis.) A young slacker woman gets involved and disaster ensues.

At the 3/4 mark on this, I was getting bored and this was headed for 2 stars. This story of official agents who deal with the strange has been done to death in recent years, the humor wasn't that funny and the entire story seemed to consist of one magical an
Stephanie Griffin
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you need an “escape” book? Want a break from all those “serious” books you’ve been reading? Then boy, do I have a treat for you! MONSTER, written by A. Lee Martinez, is an action-packed, over-the-top, modern-day fantasy packed with humor about a man who catches and transmogrifies pests. Not your ordinary pests. We’re talking ice-cream eating yetis, giant multi-headed snakes, Japanese ogres, walrus dogs, snarling goat-headed creatures, and the like. MONSTER had me smiling all the way through.
Jun 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a fun read.
Recommended to Dominic by: Jason Lohry
Before I delve into the review, I just want to state that even though I only gave this book 3 stars, it deserves a 3.9, I just can't fully apply the "I really liked it" tag that comes with four stars. And so we begin,

A. Lee Martinez has written an incredibly fun, unique, funny, introspective, wishful, and decent novel with "Monster". He introduces a lot of ideas that even the sci-fi/fantasy scene never really thought of before, and he spins, as a whole, an enticing tale with these ideas. I can
Sep 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Martinez’ The Automatic Detective was on of my favorite reads of 2008 for its clever combination of humor and tropes from both the hard-boiled and science fiction genres. While I wouldn’t rank Monster as quite as entertaining I still found it a wholly enjoyable read full of Martinez’s clever and frequently humorous ideas. Our main character, Monster, works for the Cyptobiological Containment and Rescue Services division of Animal Control. A routine call from Supermarket employee Judy turns into ...more
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reading this author and I practically devoured the book in one sitting. I'll admit, the cover caught my eye and that's probably why I bought it. Happily, the book did not disappoint at all. I thought it was fun and creative - definitely brain candy, like one reviewer's blurb on the back cover called it. Monster and his enchanted color-changing skin was really cool. I also liked the author's explanation of how magic exists yet most humans in the world just aren't capable of realizing i ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
a cool book, funny and full of monsters
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in luck this year. I've had the pleasure of reading some great Urban Fantasy novels. Monster joins the list as a humorous fantasy adventure where the fantastic is mundane. The haze is a magical affect that makes people forget or adjust anything magical to something normal. Only a small percentage of people have the ability to handle perceiving magic. They're considered fully cognizant. Most people are non-cog and a handful are part-cog.

Judy is a part-cog and she doesn't flip out when she fi
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
The first book I've read from Martinez, definitely not going to be my last one. Martinez is good at throwing random ideas at you and create impossible situations look like a cool chaos to get involve in. Also, I wish I had Chester, the paper gnome as my walking dictionary. Everything he says is just amusing. Monster is a fun read and judging from the story, I think Martinez had a good time writing it too.

Now I know when a sphinx ask you a random question (e.g. What demands an answer without ask
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
2.5 stars rounded up.

This was largely meh for me. I finished it alright, so that's why I bumped it up. Personally, I didn't connect with either MC (disliked Monster and was meh about Judy.) The plot was somewhat interesting but the book didn't really go into any detail on the hows and whys. The biggest things that turned me off were the character and the general excuses the author gives us to explain plot holes.

There was no character growth in any of them. Somewhat for Judy, but nothing for the
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really like this author. Two books read, both odd, off-the-wall, magic fits in every day life and it works in weird ways. Some crazy stuff happens here. The characters are working Joe's who kind of have no choice but to survive this nuttiness.
Good stuff. Looking forward to the next one! I have a couple waiting to be read and I am excited to see what story happens next.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat Lovers, Life Sucks & then...
Life is a lemon... and I Can’t make lemonade lol!
Anyways the theme behind the scenes is getting a sh*tty lot in life. A point of view..{ chasing happiness is absurd. } I kinda agree with that and then how do you live life..? I mean without being a party pooper or be sore at the world? Do we just grind our gears forever to get nowhere? What is our reality? That is another theme the author tackles.. like what if our universe is on the back of a turtle..for example? I like the plot but it’s always
Sam Sobelman
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I had a bit of an existential crisis while reading Monster. So, this review is going to be about me. And the book. Because both of us had a crisis.
Monster is written in a style so similar to my own I had to check my hard drives to make sure that I hadn't written it and published it under a pseudonym while I was black-out drunk that one weekend at my friend's bar mitzvah in Tahoe. But I hadn't. And then I wondered.
What does this say about me? Why aren't my books getting picked up by publishers an
Tony Evans
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So funny and quirky.
This book had it's moments where I was laughing so hard I had to wipe tears from my eyes. The paper gnome side kick... THE BEST PART. Very cute and quirky novel about a funny guy.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
More of a 4.5 but...

V. entertaining. The h is ah...special...and unaware, and inexplicable things keep happening around her...or more precisely, inexplicable beings keep happening around her. We meet her when she finds a yeti in the cooler at the grocery she works in.

The H...and I must note that this is not a romance; but when you have a male main character, and a female main character... anyway, he is also special but unaware. He hunts inexplicable beings.

This tale must have a bad
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent. But the story took me 6 months to get through. I kept getting bored and finding others stories I liked better. The good parts were good though. I have liked other Martinez books way better.
joyce g
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Crazy, fun adventure with a cast of characters that you adore.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Judy has a dead-end job at the local supermarket, packing shelves at night. Trouble seems to follow Judy wherever she goes, whatever she does, so she's not terribly surprised to find a yeti in the freezer section, eating all the ice cream. Animal Control puts her through to Cryptobiological Containment and Rescue Services, and soon enough a blue guy who calls himself Monster is striding through the doors, accompanied by a paper man called Chester.

Monster changes colour every day, and every colou
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
After a co-worker of mine slapped a bunch of books onto my desk and told me to read these, I was initially hesitant. I worked up the courage to read Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas and enjoyed it thoroughly. So it was natural for me to pick up the second book which was of a similar genre.
Monster is a story that strikes the absurdness bell so many times it’s easy to get completely lost. The novel paints a portrait of the weird and obscure, but offers well-timed comic relief that doesn't man
Michelle F
Monster (the titular Main main character) works for the City's Cryptobiological Containment and Rescue Services (read: magic monster pest control). He's about to get caught up in the whirlwhind that is Judy (the Other main character), who is slowly discovering (and constantly forgetting) that weird crap happens around her an awful lot, and it seems to be getting worse. Although they'd both really rather not, they are about to discover why that is, what needs to be done about it, and maybe save t ...more
Jan 14, 2010 rated it liked it
This funny tale of a cryptobiologist (think Dog Catcher, but for kobolds and yetis) reminded me a bit of Christopher Moore's work, with angels and humor figuring into the plot.

Out of the blue, magical creatures seem to popping up around a grocery store clerk. The aptly named Monster (whole daily skin color change results in new magical abilities thing) and his smart and well read sidekick Chester, a paper gnome who can fold himself into a variety of origami shapes, are unique and engaging chara
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Monster works in crypto-zoological containment. Capturing magical and mythical animals. It’s a thankless job, but it pays the bills and Monster gets by with only minor irritations in his life. At least, until he meets Judy and the yeti she discovered in the freezer aisle of the grocery store where she works.

Judy seems to be particularly unlucky where crypto-zoological creatures are concerned; besides the yeti at her job, there are the trolls in her apartment and the goat-creatures in the van. M
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am pleased. I bought this book in a second hand book store, under urban fantasy (which is often filled with covers that have Fabio type characters on the front-gag*) this one stood out. However I put it on my "to read" pile for a few months.... My fiance then said to read the thank you page (which a never do for any book) and there at the bottom, at Venture Brothers reference....I knew that I would get along with this guys sense of humour. I hesitate to say that this book reminded me of a supe ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not the book I was looking for :(
Monster has a great cover but a meh story.
I was looking for a nice book about monster hunting and the thrill of doing it but alas I was given a lackluster story about a guy named Monster who is a down on his luck slacker that catches monsters like he's an Orken exterminator. No big fanfare, no awesome weaponry.
Just a schmoo doing a job he hates.
On one of these jobs he comes across Judy, a grocery store clerk who later just happens to be the key to saving the wo
The Black Hat Writer
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book! A. Lee Martinez's prose may be very simple, but his imagination is abundant. The book is creative, fun and an all-around entertaining experience. I loved the colorful characters, the mythology and the dry humor. This book never gets boring and never seems forced.

Martinez is unafraid to let his quirkiness show. I think he set out to tell the story he wanted to tell and didn't write it worrying about what the masses would think. I respect that. He goes all-out in mad
Sarah Booth
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun story of a freelance cryptobiologic rescue and containment specialist named Monster and Judy, a woman who keeps ending up right in the middle of it. It starts off with a yeti in the freezer eating ice cream. They prefer rocky road over vanilla every time. After a things get a little hairy and it’s actually 3 yetis. Our hero Judy who keeps calling the crypto biologic pest control doesn’t have any clue why these things keep happening to her and why she can’t remember exactly what it is that ...more
Timelord Iain
I only just found A Lee Martinez and I can't wait to try everything he's written... each book makes me wish it was the start of a series... so many fun characters, set in fun worlds...

This one was a mix of Men in Black and Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch... more books need origami men... such a cool concept...
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A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels. Thirteen short years (and a little over a dozen manuscripts) later, his first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, was published. His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting. Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he's in the car by himself.

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